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Alan D. Hyde
05-07-2004, 11:19 AM
Forwarded to me by a friend in the National Guard:

"Subject: About Iraq from a cousin

This is a letter from Ray Reynolds, a medic in the Iowa Army National Guard, serving in Iraq:

As I head off to Baghdad for the final weeks of my stay in Iraq, I wanted to say thanks to all of you who did not believe the media. They have done a very poor job of covering everything that has happened. I am sorry that I have not been able to visit all of you during my two week leave back home. And just so you can rest at night knowing something is happening in Iraq that is noteworthy, I thought I would pass this on to you. This is the list of things that has happened in Iraq recently: (Please share it with your friends and compare it to the version that your paper is producing.)

* Over 400,000 kids have up-to-date immunizations.

* School attendance is up 80% from levels before the war.

* Over 1,500 schools have been renovated and rid of the weapons stored there so education can occur.

* The port of Uhm Qasar was renovated so grain can be off-loaded from ships faster.

* The country had its first 2 billion barrel export of oil in August.

* Over 4.5 million people have clean drinking water for the first time ever in Iraq.

* The country now receives 2 times the electrical power it did before the war.

* 100% of the hospitals are open and fully staffed, compared to 35% before the war.

* Elections are taking place in every major city, and city councils are in place.

* Sewer and water lines are installed in every major city.

* Over 60,000 police are patrolling the streets.

* Over 100,000 Iraqi civil defense police are securing the country.

* Over 80,000 Iraqi soldiers are patrolling the streets side by side with US soldiers.

* Over 400,000 people have telephones for the first time ever

* Students are taught field sanitation and hand washing techniques to prevent the spread of germs.

* An interim constitution has been signed.

* Girls are allowed to attend school.

* Textbooks that don't mention Saddam are in the schools for the first time in 30 years.

Don't believe for one-second that these people do not want us there. I have met many, many people from Iraq that want us there, and in a bad way. They say they will never see the freedoms we talk about but they hope their children will. We are doing a good job in Iraq and I challenge anyone, anywhere to dispute me on these facts. So If you happen to run into John Kerry, be sure to give him my email address and send him to Denison, Iowa. This soldier will set him straight. If you are like me and very disgusted with how this period of rebuilding has been portrayed, email this to a friend and let them know there are good things happening.

Ray Reynolds, SFC Iowa Army National Guard
234th Signal Battalion"

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FWIW.

***

Alan

High C
05-07-2004, 12:08 PM
Thank you Alan. I've seen a number of similar eyewitness accounts from returning troops, but our polluted news media wants to paint a different picture, so the good news is ignored.

Some don't want to know...... :(

Andrew Craig-Bennett
05-07-2004, 12:11 PM
"The evil that men do lives after them
The good is oft interred in their graves."

W. Shakespeare.

"Justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done"

(British) Manual of Military Justice, page 1, line 1.

That all this good work is taking place, I have no doubt at all. But unless the evil done by a few is dealt with, and seen to be dealt with, all the good work will be undone.

High C
05-07-2004, 12:23 PM
Originally posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett:

That all this good work is taking place, I have no doubt at all. But unless the evil done by a few is dealt with, and seen to be dealt with, all the good work will be undone.And it wouldn't hurt for us to acknowledge these accomplishments and offer some gratitude once in a while. Instead we see constant attempts to persecute the good guys. All we get is the negative. It's time to pull our heads out of the sand and acknowledge the big picture.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
05-07-2004, 01:02 PM
FRANCIS:
We're gettin' in through the underground heating system here, up through into the main audience chamber here, and Pilate's wife's bedroom is here. Having grabbed his wife, we inform Pilate that she is in our custody and forthwith issue our demands. Any questions?
COMMANDO XERXES:
What exactly are the demands?
REG:
We're giving Pilate two days to dismantle the entire apparatus of the Roman Imperialist State, and if he doesn't agree immediately, we execute her.
MATTHIAS:
Cut her head off?
FRANCIS:
Cut all her bits off. Send 'em back on the hour every hour. Show them we're not to be trifled with.
REG:
And of course, we point out that they bear full responsibility when we chop her up, and that we shall not submit to blackmail!
COMMANDOS:
No blackmail!
REG:
They've bled us white, the bastards. They've taken everything we had, and not just from us, from our fathers, and from our fathers' fathers.
LORETTA:
And from our fathers' fathers' fathers.
REG:
Yeah.
LORETTA:
And from our fathers' fathers' fathers' fathers.
REG:
Yeah. All right, Stan. Don't labour the point. And what have they ever given us in return?!
XERXES:
The aqueduct?

REG:
What?
XERXES:
The aqueduct.
REG:
Oh. Yeah, yeah. They did give us that. Uh, that's true. Yeah.
COMMANDO #3:
And the sanitation.
LORETTA:
Oh, yeah, the sanitation, Reg. Remember what the city used to be like?
REG:
Yeah. All right. I'll grant you the aqueduct and the sanitation are two things that the Romans have done.
MATTHIAS:
And the roads.
REG:
Well, yeah. Obviously the roads. I mean, the roads go without saying, don't they? But apart from the sanitation, the aqueduct, and the roads--
COMMANDO:
Irrigation.
XERXES:
Medicine.
COMMANDOS:
Huh? Heh? Huh...
COMMANDO #2:
Education.
COMMANDOS:
Ohh...
REG:
Yeah, yeah. All right. Fair enough.
COMMANDO #1:
And the wine.
COMMANDOS:
Oh, yes. Yeah...
FRANCIS:
Yeah. Yeah, that's something we'd really miss, Reg, if the Romans left. Huh.
COMMANDO:
Public baths.
LORETTA:
And it's safe to walk in the streets at night now, Reg.
FRANCIS:
Yeah, they certainly know how to keep order. Let's face it. They're the only ones who could in a place like this.
COMMANDOS:
Hehh, heh. Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.
REG:
All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
XERXES:
Brought peace.
REG:
Oh. Peace? Shut up!

Alan D. Hyde
05-07-2004, 01:34 PM
:D

Alan

Meerkat
05-07-2004, 01:51 PM
* The country had its first 2 billion barrel export of oil in August.4 months from invasion to oil... hmmm.

NormMessinger
05-07-2004, 05:04 PM
Maybe maybe not. But, as long as the news is what we want to hear it is easy to accept it's veracity without question.

Boomkin Joe
05-07-2004, 05:09 PM
Originally posted by Andrew Craig-Bennett:
FRANCIS:
We're gettin' in through the underground heating system here, up through into the main audience chamber here, and Pilate's wife's bedroom is here. Having grabbed his wife, we inform Pilate that she is in our custody and forthwith issue our demands. Any questions?
COMMANDO XERXES:
What exactly are the demands?
REG:
We're giving Pilate two days to dismantle the entire apparatus of the Roman Imperialist State, and if he doesn't agree immediately, we execute her.
MATTHIAS:
Cut her head off?
FRANCIS:
Cut all her bits off. Send 'em back on the hour every hour. Show them we're not to be trifled with.
REG:
And of course, we point out that they bear full responsibility when we chop her up, and that we shall not submit to blackmail!
COMMANDOS:
No blackmail!
REG:
They've bled us white, the bastards. They've taken everything we had, and not just from us, from our fathers, and from our fathers' fathers.
LORETTA:
And from our fathers' fathers' fathers.
REG:
Yeah.
LORETTA:
And from our fathers' fathers' fathers' fathers.
REG:
Yeah. All right, Stan. Don't labour the point. And what have they ever given us in return?!
XERXES:
The aqueduct?

REG:
What?
XERXES:
The aqueduct.
REG:
Oh. Yeah, yeah. They did give us that. Uh, that's true. Yeah.
COMMANDO #3:
And the sanitation.
LORETTA:
Oh, yeah, the sanitation, Reg. Remember what the city used to be like?
REG:
Yeah. All right. I'll grant you the aqueduct and the sanitation are two things that the Romans have done.
MATTHIAS:
And the roads.
REG:
Well, yeah. Obviously the roads. I mean, the roads go without saying, don't they? But apart from the sanitation, the aqueduct, and the roads--
COMMANDO:
Irrigation.
XERXES:
Medicine.
COMMANDOS:
Huh? Heh? Huh...
COMMANDO #2:
Education.
COMMANDOS:
Ohh...
REG:
Yeah, yeah. All right. Fair enough.
COMMANDO #1:
And the wine.
COMMANDOS:
Oh, yes. Yeah...
FRANCIS:
Yeah. Yeah, that's something we'd really miss, Reg, if the Romans left. Huh.
COMMANDO:
Public baths.
LORETTA:
And it's safe to walk in the streets at night now, Reg.
FRANCIS:
Yeah, they certainly know how to keep order. Let's face it. They're the only ones who could in a place like this.
COMMANDOS:
Hehh, heh. Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.
REG:
All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
XERXES:
Brought peace.
REG:
Oh. Peace? Shut up!Harumph, Saddam's job, as far as I know.
At least before he ventured into Iran.

Wild Wassa
05-07-2004, 05:27 PM
Originally posted by High C:
... "It's time to pull our heads out of the sand and acknowledge the big picture."

I agree, so tell us all about the Coalition's exit strategy then. Don't be shy, tell me all about it, ... and tell me about the 30,000 who have died so far. The US has no credibility to question other people or dictate.

I'll wait, I have until the end of my life to wait, and my Son will be waiting too, ... and my Grandson's Grandsons. I'm expecting US domestic politics to crucify the Iraqis, talking of the big election picture.

The World knows how the US behaves.

Warren.

ps, I don't know if any one knows the big picture High C, I've seen many little ones lately, they're similar to those found on femdom porn sites. Bush said, "Freedom is in good hands", ... and dog collars and choker chains. How about the hot wired black Christmas tree image. This photo will define the US for decades.

[ 05-07-2004, 06:50 PM: Message edited by: Wild Wassa ]

stan v
05-07-2004, 05:40 PM
Mild Wassa unknowingly salivated: The World knows how the US behaves.

Especially the world citizens that are free due to our blood being spilled in the pursuit of their freedom.

Anyone on this forum in that position?

Ross M
05-07-2004, 05:47 PM
Exit strategy? Why would one exist?

Wild Wassa
05-07-2004, 05:56 PM
RMcD, "Exit strategy? Why would one exist?"

One doesn't exist but watch the scramble to find one come the US elections.

Warren.

ps, Well enjoy the stay in Iraq then. The weather is here, ... I wish you were beautiful.

[ 05-07-2004, 06:58 PM: Message edited by: Wild Wassa ]

Wild Wassa
05-07-2004, 06:03 PM
Donn, Apart from the usual cut and run, that we will see closer to the elections, Britain Australia and the US must stay. As far as I'm concerned, those who have made this mess, have no right to leave.